Skip to content

Director for Innovation and Research Development

College of Social Sciences and Humanities, Global Resilience Institute

As the Director for Innovation and Research Development at the Global Resilience Institute at Northeastern University, Dr. Philip Anderson helps lead a university-wide research enterprise to inform and advance societal resilience in the face of growing man-made and naturally-occurring turbulences. In addition, he serves as an Affiliate Professor for the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs.

Before joining the senior management team at the Global Resilience Institute, Dr. Anderson served as ANSER Chief Operating Officer. For nine years, he also served as director of the Homeland Security Studies & Analysis Institute (HSSAI), the first congressionally chartered, federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) for homeland security, operated by ANSER on behalf of the Department of Homeland Security. Throughout his tenure, he led the effort to expand HSSAI’s influence and impact across DHS and to the broader policy community.

Dr. Anderson has served as a trusted advisor to senior government officials at the highest levels. He was one of the early pioneers in developing the Homeland Security policy establishing the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ (CSIS) Homeland Security Program shortly after 9/11. His work in this area helped shape our country’s thinking about how to create the Department of Homeland Security and about how to protect our critical infrastructure and balance privacy and security in the post 9/11 era. In addition to advising Administration officials, Dr. Anderson was relied upon by numerous media outlets for expert analysis and frequently testified at various congressional hearings. He remains a Senior Associate at CSIS, focusing on Defense and Homeland Security policy issues.

Dr. Anderson has served as an advisor for the Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) and also sits on the Materials and Manufacturing Advisory Board at the Penn State Applied Physics Laboratory. Previously, Dr. Anderson developed and executed Lucent Technologies–Bell Labs’ government business strategy as Vice President and General Manager of their Washington Operations. While there, he focused on information security and communications technologies for the public safety community. His strategies and skills at collaboration and developing strategic partnerships were instrumental in winning the Iraq post conflict reconstruction contract, among numerous others, generating significant revenue growth for Lucent.

Dr. Anderson was a career Marine Corps officer with significant command experience, as well as International Security, Defense Policy, and Counter Terrorism experience. In addition to his undergraduate degree, Dr. Anderson holds a Master’s degree in International Relations and a Master’s and Ph.D. in Education from George Mason University.

Related Schools & Departments

Related Research Centers

Phil’s Colleagues

Max Abrahms

Associate Professor of Political Science

Headshot of Amilcar Barreto

Amílcar Antonio Barreto

Professor & Chair, Cultures, Societies, and Global Studies; Professor & Interim Director, International Affairs; Professor, Political Science; Affiliated faculty member of Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies; Affiliated faculty member in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs

Headshot of Barry Bluestone

Barry Bluestone

Russell B. and Andree B. Stearns Trustee Professor Emeritus of Political Economy; Founding Director of the Dukakis Center; Founding Dean of the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs

Christopher Bosso

Professor of Public Policy and Political Science

Headshot of Alan Clayton-Matthews

Alan Clayton-Matthews

Associate Professor Emeritus of Economics and Public Policy

William Dickens

University Distinguished Professor of Economics and Public Policy

Joan Fitzgerald

Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs

Stephen E. Flynn

Professor of Political Science; Founding Director, Global Resilience Institute

James Alan Fox

Lipman Family Professor of Criminology, Law, and Public Policy

Headshot of Brian Helmuth

Brian Helmuth

Professor of Environmental Science and Public Policy

Timothy Hoff

Professor of Management, Healthcare Systems and Public Policy

Headshot of Bill Kay

In Memoriam William Kay

Associate Professor of Political Science

Headshot of David Lazer

David Lazer

University Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Computer Sciences

Headshot of Dietmar Offenhuber

Dietmar Offenhuber

Associate Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and Art + Design

Headshot of Kwamina Panford

Kwamina Panford

Emeritus Associate Professor of Cultures, Societies and Global Studies